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Watch Kaala with a free mind. Don’t expect anything. And don’t link up to Rajinikanth’s recent political remarks.
You will be sweetly surprised.
Kaala faced lots of controversies just like any other movie these days. But since it features Rajinikanth, there were both political issues as well as the usual cinema issues.
Nevertheless, Kaala was released on the said date worldwide and the movie has found to justify the hype.
For one, this is a Pa. Ranjith movie. And, if you have liked Kabali, you might like Kaala even more.
If you were disappointed with Kabali, that it didn’t have enough action sequences or the “super star” moments, then Kaala will surely fill those gaps.
Don’t expect to watch a super star Rajinikanth movie by the way. It is Pa. Ranjith telling a story to us, the audience, using Rajinikanth, the actor.
And this has worked out really well.
Having said that, don’t rule out the thought that there will be no “mass” moments for super star fans – there are quite some to satisfy the cravings of Rajini fans.
Ranjith has cleverly used colors to symbolize various aspects and messages in the movie. Black is predominant. But it turns out to the be the color of the good.
White is the color of the noble bad. There is some blue too. And red, to represent revolution or mass movement.
Kaala is loaded with sentiments, but it doesn’t overwhelm you. It has moments that showcase strengths of women.
And there are the “mass” moments for all those Rajini fans out there.
The first half is tightly packed with various aromas in the right proportion that leaves you craving for more. The interval scene is a bang.
But the second half somewhat disappoints you and fails to satisfy that craving the first half injected in you.
The second half of Kaala shifts focus from Rajinikanth, an uncrowned king of Dharavi to Rajinikanth, a mass movement.
There are lots of protests and the icon Rajini fades away in the concept that’s brought forward to fight for the rights!
It could be that the script required such a shift from first half to second half – but for a super star movie, it could be a bit of disappointment for his fans.
Having said that, one might appreciate Pa. Ranjith for taking that bold move to sacrifice a bit of Rajini, the star for the sake of Kaala’s script.
The sets are perfectly built so we are actually taken in to the houses of the slum and experience suffocation and darkness in reality.
A small group of people migrate into the area of Dharavi, occupy the slum as migrants and slowly run the city of Mumbai as various workers.
Hari Dada (Nana Patekar) eyes on the land and wants to transform it to digital Dharavi – so obviously the people of the slum have to be moved.
The uncrowned king of Dharavi, Karikaalan (aka Kaala), catches the bad idea of the noble white, gathers people, leads protests and fights for the land.
The story is not so new to us. We have had many such stories – but the emotions, the narration, the bold moves by the director, the details – all speak so loud and make the movie an experience in itself.
Samuthirakani plays Kaala’s friend who is drunk most of the times. With so much of screen time, he scores neatly!
Zarina (played by Huma Qureshi) is the one who leads the builders to Dharavi. She also happens to be the ex-lover of Kaala.
The love track between Kaala and Zarina is bit of a drag. But it helps you with some relaxing moments in the screenplay.
The chemistry between Kaala and his wife Selvi (played by Eswari Rao) is so refreshing.
Although we can see resemblance of the love track in Kabali, Ranjith has played it carefully so this track doesn’t distract the core script.
Eswari shines as Selvi who is such a forward and loving wife – she accepts her husband as such with the tattoo of ex-lover’s name on him.
Kaala has two sons – Lenin (Manikandan) and Selva (Thileeban) who differ in their thoughts and actions, yet make it complete around.
We can see the Kaala’s attitudes to be a combination of the attitudes of his sons.
Lenin is an educated activist who wants to go by the law and fight for the rights, whereas Selva is someone who wants to get stuff done somehow, even if it is to bend certain rules.
Anjali Patil plays Lenin’s girlfriend Puyal and she aptly fits in her role.
Santhosh Narayanan deserves a big applause for precisely delivering various details of the movie in the form of background music.
Be it the one for Nana Patekar, or the roaring BG with the mass “thalaivar” moments – the BG plays a BIG role to deliver the mood of every scene directly to the audience.
However, the songs are not THAT great.
Overall, Kaala is a Pa. Ranjith movie that has actor Rajinikanth in the lead role. There are mass moment for every Rajini fan. But it is not a super star Rajinikanth movie.
And Ranjith establishes this fact (thankfully so audience know what to expect for the rest of watch time) in the intro scene of Rajini.
You get to see the super star being stumped by a small boy in street cricket and he appeals to his friend Samuthirakani who is the umpire of the match to declare a no ball.
His friend favors him with a wide!
The women are portrayed bold, beautiful and lovable, which I appreciate.
The story telling in the form of a highly focused screenplay that doesn’t bend a bit for the stardom actor is a BIG plus.
You might have moments where you could feel a drag. And you could feel lost in the second half.
You also might think the movie is running so long – perhaps the movie could have been cut short of 20 minutes to make things even more impactful.
But to be honest, watch Kaala with a free mind. Don’t expect anything. And don’t link up to Rajinikanth’s recent political remarks.
You will be sweetly surprised.